Myanmar rural development gaps highlighted by preventable child death toll

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Myanmar Rohingyas displaced by violence in 2012 in the village of In Bar Yi, Rakhine State. Photo: Julia Wallace/IRIN

In Myanmar, up to 150 children under five are dying every day from preventable illnesses, UNICEF warned on Tuesday.

The findings come in a report by the UN Children's Fund into development inequalities in the south-east Asian nation – particularly among rural communities – amid violence between government forces and ethnic armed groups that dates back decades.

An estimated 2.2 million children are affected by fighting and many remote communities are "struggling to survive", despite some state-led social and economic progress, the agency's Simon Ingram told Daniel Johnson.

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